Floyd Mayweather was supposed to begin his 90-day—or at least 65-day—jail sentence this week in Clark County, Nev. The pound-for-pound stalwart was granted a continuance just before initiating the term of his incarceration.
Thankfully, if all goes as planned, a showdown with Manny Pacquiao is still possible for May 5th. Nonetheless, the fact remains that if not for the plea deal to which Mayweather agreed, he could have faced serious time.
Thanks to said plea deal, Mayweather will be serving his sentence in a county jail rather than a federal or state prison. But it gets us thinking: Who were the best boxers to have gone to prison?
The following list includes those who were imprisoned before, during and after their careers. In some cases, the experience launched a successful career or life rehabilitation. In others, it was the end of a tumultuous existence.
For each, it played an integral role in shaping their lives and our perceptions of them—for better or worse.